Common name: Pineapple sage
Salvia are the largest genus of plants in the sage (Lamiaceae) family, with nearly 1000 species. Salvia include shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. Salvia are naturally distributed over three distinct regions of diversity: Central and South America ( approx: 600 species); Central Asia and the Mediterranean (250 species); Eastern Asia (90 species). There are salvia for every type of garden, and in many colours.
Salvia elegans contains several varieties within the species. All are native to Mexico growing in pine-oak forests. Pineapple sage has gorgeous tubular red flowers that adorn the plant for months from late summer and through autumn and winter in sheltered spots. More often than not some flowers will still appear in early spring if the plants have been left un-pruned. They are herbaceous perennials and will grow a new set of leaves in spring before sending up flower stalks in summer. Plants have a scent and taste similar to pineapple hence the name. Leaves and flowers can be eaten, used in teas, drinks, salads, and wine.
Pineapple sage is fantastic for brightening up shady spots in winter. Bees and nectar feeding birds such as Tui enjoy the flowers.
- Ht 1- 1.5
- light shade (can handle full sun as long as they have moisture)
- Tender perennial
- 1.25 liter pot